In Feel Royal, Rachelle Toarmino reconstructs the text found on clothing worn by celebrities in paparazzi photographs. Through a process that is both manipulation of and collaboration with the featured celebrities, the project explores the reflective and refractive qualities of internet-age fan culture as an outlet for obsession.
Prior to its publication as a chapbook with b l u s h, the poems in Feel Royal were published as a microchapbook trilogy with Ghost City Press: Graphic (2017), Graphic 2 (2018), and Graphic 3 (2019).
Title: Feel Royal
Publisher: b l u s h
36 pages | poetry
Release date: October 15, 2019
Exploring Fashion Through Poetry: Rachelle Toarmino's New Chapbook Uses Words from Celebrity Fashion to Create Poetry | Interview with Abby Wojcik for The Griffin, November 2019
Graphic 2 by Rachelle Toarmino | Review by Eric Baker for Beach Sloth, July 2018
by Jon Ruseski for b l u s h